Cardiff University and College Union

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President's Report

The President gave the following report to the Annual General Meeting on 5 June 2013:

Coming to the close of this academic year, and looking forward to the next, I have the honour of expressing thanks on behalf of our members to all those who have actively participated locally. Particular thanks are due to a diverse range of individuals who have worked tirelessly on behalf of the local association. These include

Time does not allow me to review all of the activity from the last year, but it may be helpful to remember at least a few of our achievements.

There is still much to do, and a number of important issues are on the agenda today for further discussion. Recruitment is one of those issues, and I would just like to say at this point that many of our colleagues who should be members do not even know what UCU is. We all have a role to play in changing that. I would ask every member to consider what could be done to raise awareness of UCU in their local area of work, whether that involves personal conversations with colleagues, posters provided or put up by the branch Organizer, open meetings run by UCU officers, or whatever. We aim to represent academic and other professional staff in a university that values its people and treats them accordingly. Please do what you can to let colleagues know what we are about, and let us know how we can help.

Before finishing, I would like to touch on the topic of institutional goals. Some people put a lot of stock in university league tables, as if winning the competition had some intrinsic merit. It does not. Higher education is a vocation. Cardiff University staff should be proud of what they do, and their contribution to advancing knowledge and educating students. Lets keep our eyes on real achievements, and let the league tables take care of themselves.

Todd Bailey
President, Cardiff UCU

Todd Bailey
Cardiff UCU